Liverpool midfielder Thiago has hinted that he is unhappy playing a deep-lying midfield role for the Reds, wanting more freedom in the middle of the park.
The Lowdown: Thiago key for Reds
The 30-year-old joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich last September in what looked like a hugely exciting signing at the time.
Thiago took time to settle at Anfield, partly due to injuries, but by the end of the campaign, he was arguably one of the Reds’ best players.
The Spaniard was often used in a number six role by Jurgen Klopp, allowing him to sit deep and dictate games with his playmaking brilliance.
The Latest: Superstar hints at unhappiness
“I would say it (his ability to create) has been more limited because of a positional issue.
“If I play number 6 instead of number 10, I’ll have less room to manoeuvre, less freedom to dribble, because I’ll have to take fewer risks.
“In the history of football, strikers have always been admired more than defenders. Because a defender can’t make a mistake, unlike the striker (who can try harder).
“So, for me, it’s a question of position.”
The Verdict: No major issue
Not too much should be made of Thiago’s remarks, with the Spain international very much a team player who is happy to do what is best for Liverpool.
That being said, it seems fairly clear where he enjoys playing most, and there are occasions when his guile could be most devastating when he is let off the leash.
Thiago’s versatility can only be a good thing for Klopp and Liverpool, though, allowing him to excel across two different positions.
In other news, Liverpool are believed to be interested in signing a prolific attacking player this summer. Read more here.
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